Transfer Latest – Celtic target Ryan Mmaee has one eye on exit door

It’s a name that has been linked with Celtic for some time now and it appears that Ryan Mmaee is looking at leaving Ferencvaros in the near future. According to a report by The Herald, the attacker has been reported as saying that he won’t be around at the Hungarians forever and could be available this January.

Still just 24, the striker is looking to put himself in the shop window at this year’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Morrocan will be up against Josip Juranovic’s Croatia, Alphonso Davies’ Canada, as well as Belgium and their litany of stars. And Mmaee will be hoping he can steal the show for his country come 12 November, after scoring 4 goals in 11 games for Celtic’s old European foes.

Ferencvaros’ Moroccan forward Ryan Mmaee (2R) shoots but fails to score during the UEFA Europa League  match between Celtic and Ferencvarosi TC at Celtic Park on October 19, 2021. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

On his club career, he’s reported as saying: “There was serious interest from other clubs, but I was just recovering from an injury at the time, so it wasn’t the ideal time to leave. The World Cup is my main goal at the moment and I also play in a very good team here in Hungary.”

“But it is also clear that I am not going to stay here forever so we will see what happens.”

Reputed to be available for just £2 million, it could be viewed as an opportunity by Ange Postecoglou and Celtic to grab a player with plenty of potential for a modest price. Although that may very well change depending how well he plays over in Qatar in a few weeks time.

Real Betis’ Spanish forward Alex Moreno (C-L) and Ferencvaros’ Moroccan forward Ryan Mmaee vie for the ball. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

With Albian Ajeti unlikely to return after his renaissance in Austria with Sturm Graz, there could be space in the squad for another attacker who can play a variety of positions. The fee that the Hoops get for Ajeti could in theory provide the resources for any potential move for the African goalscorer.

It could be an interesting few months in the build up to the January transfer window, that’s for sure.

Paul Gillespie

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